April 10, 1983 |
Choctaw, Oklahoma, U.S.
Ryan Earl Merriman (born April 10, 1983) is an American actor. He began his career at the age of ten, and has appeared in several feature films and television shows. He is best known for portraying Jake in The Ring Two (2005) and Kevin Fischer in Final Destination 3 (2006).
Merriman was born in Choctaw, Oklahoma, the son of Earl and Nonalyn Merriman. He has a sister named Monica. At a young age, he began acting in commercials, print work, vocal performances, and local theater (Stage Struck Studios) in Oklahoma.
Merriman's first major role was on the television series The Mommies, which ran from 1993 to 1995. During the 1990s, he appeared in most episodes of The Pretender as a younger version of the title character. He has starred in several television films, including Smart House, The Luck of the Irish (2001), and as a young Meyer Lansky in Lansky. He appeared in the 1999 feature film The Deep End of the Ocean, playing the lost son of Michelle Pfeiffer's character, and subsequently starred as the main character, a Jewish boy from the Bronx, in the film 2000 Just Looking. In 2002, he played Adam Eddington in another Disney Channel original movie, A Ring of Endless Light. He then returned to television roles, appearing in Dangerous Child, Taken, and Smallville.
Merriman's other roles include the horror films Halloween: Resurrection (2002), The Ring Two (2005), and Final Destination 3 (2006). He starred in Home of the Giants, a high school drama. He appeared in the CBS miniseries Comanche Moon in January 2008. He played Henry Dunn in the original pilot presentation for Harper's Island, but was replaced by Christopher Gorham when the series was picked up by CBS. From 2010 to 2012, Merriman portrayed Ian Thomas on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars. In 2012, he starred as Dennis Mack in the 16th episode of Season 2 in Hawaii Five-0.
Dwight H. Little wanted Merriman to play Jin Kazama in his film Tekken, but Merriman turned it down. He starred in the Hallmark Channel original movie Elevator Girl as Jonathan, a successful young lawyer who finds himself falling for a free-spirited young woman who is way below his pay grade. In 2011, he appeared as linebacker Jon Abbate in The 5th Quarter, a film about the 2006 football season of Wake Forest University.
|1997||What's Right With America||Todd Gordon|
|1998||Everything That Rises||Nathan Clay||Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series or Series – Leading Young Actor|
|1999||Night Ride Home||Justin|
|1999||The Deep End of the Ocean||Sam Karras / Ben Cappadora||Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor|
|1999||Smart House||Ben Cooper|
|1999||Just Looking||Lenny Levine||Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor|
|2000||Rocket's Red Glare||Todd Baker|
|2001||The Luck of the Irish||Kyle Johnson|
|2001||Dangerous Child||Jack Cambridge||Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special – Leading Young Actor|
|2002||Halloween: Resurrection||Myles Barton|
|2002||A Ring of Endless Light||Adam Eddington|
|2005||The Colt||Jim Rabb|
|2005||The Ring Two||Jake|
|2006||Final Destination 3||Kevin Fischer|
|2007||Home of the Giants||Matt Morrison|
|2010||Elevator Girl||Johnathan||Television film|
|2011||The 5th Quarter||Jon Abbate|
|2012||Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader||Kyle|
|2012||My Hometown||Rick Dickson|
|2013||Dose of Reality||Matt|
|1993–1995||The Mommies||Blake Kellogg||30 episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series
|1995||The Client||Jeff Dietrich||Episode: "The Way Things Were"|
|1996–2000||The Pretender||Young Jarod / Gemini||50 episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actor (1997)
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actor (1998, 1999)
|2001||Touched by an Angel||Jason Harris||Episode: "Visions of thy Father"|
|2002||Taken||Sam Crawford||Episode: "Acid Tests"
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special – Supporting Young Actor
|2003–2004||Veritas: The Quest||Nikko Zond||13 episodes|
|2004||Smallville||Jason Dante||Episode: "Velocity"|
|2008||Comanche Moon||Jake Spoon||3 episodes|
|2010–2014||Pretty Little Liars||Ian Thomas||16 episodes|
|2012||Hawaii Five-0||Dennis Mack||Episode: "I Helu Pu"|
- Ryan Merriman Biography (1983–)
- 'Elevator Girl' lifts Oklahoma actor's career| LexisNexis|Professional Journal archives from AllBusiness.com